Ku-ring-gai Wildflower Garden's popular Vacation Care excursion programs provide a fantastic opportunity for kids to get outdoors and interact with their natural environment in loads of fun and challenging ways. Our ranger-led activities include bush walking, up-close animal encounters, dipnetting, shelter-building, bug catching and nature craft - check out our themes below.
Excursions for Vacation Care and OOSH Centres
Times and dates: Weekdays during private and public school holidays, with half day (10am-12:30pm) and full day (10am-2pm) programs available
Cost: Half day $300 per group, full day $400 per group (valid for bookings until 30 June, 2020)
Group sizes: Up to 30 children plus educators
As school holidays are a busy period at the Wildflower Garden, we recommend larger groups (more than 30 children) make their bookings before Week 5 of term if possible.
Please note our Terms and Conditions for Vacation Care excursions below.
Private group bookings
"Holidays in the Bush" are our full-day holiday camps lasting 1-3 days that can be booked by groups of families during private and public school holidays. Simply gather a group of 14 or more primary-aged children, and choose your date(s) and program theme(s) for a fun-filled, outdoor adventure of your very own. Perfect for those difficult days when other centres are closed, or for a special treat at the end of the school year.
Times and dates: Weekdays during private and public school holidays, 9am-4pm
Cost: $62 child per day (valid for bookings until 30 June, 2020)
Group sizes: Minimum 14, maximum 25
For Holidays in the Bush during public school holidays, we recommend making your booking at least one month in advance.
To help Vacation Care groups with planning risk management for their excursion to the Wildflower Garden we have provided Venue and Safety Information (pdf. 103KB).
For more information contact the Wildflower Garden office on 9424 0353 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Vacation Care excursion programs
How many legs do you have? Only two? We’ll be meeting creatures that have six, eight or even forty legs – or none! We’ll get the chance to see some fascinating minibeasts up close in a special encounter. Then we’ll head out into the bush to look for minibeasts in their habitat and use scientific equipment to catch and identify them.
A special day for nature-lovers to get behind the scenes at the Wildflower Garden! Build your skills in handling fauna, navigating through bushland, checking the health of ecosystems, and all sorts of other essentials for the important job of being a ranger.
Nature Art & Craft
We’ll be discovering the beauty of nature as we explore all kinds of nature art and craft out in the bush. Let your imagination flow with bush murals, botanical drawing, bush sculpture and craft projects using natural materials that we collect. You can take your creations home to show your family and friends.
Big Bush Challenge
Get out of your comfort zone! We’ll cover the safety basics, then head into the bush to try our hands at bouldering, tree climbing, navigating across country, or discovering a hidden waterfall. Are you up for it?
Into the Wild – Bushcraft & Survival
How good are your compass skills? In this active, hands-on program we’ll learn some basic bushcraft to help you survive out in the wild. Compass-work, identifying bush foods, making a bush shelter, and bush first aid are among the many skills you’ll gain in this challenging day in the bush.
Terms and Conditions for Wildflower Vacation Care excursions
- A deposit for the minimum of 20 children is taken at the time of booking, and the remainder will be invoiced after the excursion.
- Please ensure all participants (including educators) are appropriately dressed for outdoor fun in the bush: closed shoes for bushwalking, hats and sunscreen if it’s hot, and raincoats if it’s wet.
- Participants will need to bring their own morning tea and lunch as there are no catering facilities available on site. We encourage sustainable snacking – food in packets or plastic also creates litter which is a hazard for our wildlife.
- Educators are responsible for all first aid and medical requirements such as Ventolins, Epipens, etc.
- Wet weather policy: We are able to run Vacation Care programs in wet weather. The activities may be altered to allow them to occur under cover. All participants should bring raincoats to allow for limited periods out in the bush as the weather allows. Organisations may choose to postpone their booking, with 24 hour’s notice, to another date up to four months in advance. Groups that cancel their booking, or postpone with less than 24 hours’ notice, will forfeit their deposit.
- Wildflower Garden rangers generally adapt their programs to suit the environmental conditions and the characteristics of the group – for example, dipnetting may not be possible if the pond is dry. We cannot guarantee that certain activities will definitely take place on any given day.
- If outdoor conditions are deemed unsafe by the rangers, for example in cases of catastrophic fire danger or high winds, the excursion will need to be cancelled or postponed. A full refund will be given if the Wildflower Garden cancels the program.